Our studio took a filed trip to Hawaii last month for five days, where we explored the island of Oahu and got to become more familiar with our site in Whitmore Village. I was really shocked to discover how different the culture was on the island, and the atmosphere felt like a whole different world (definitely NOT like the United States). I learned that the culture was created from both the native Hawaiian tribes that ruled the Hawaiian Islands before colonialism, and the immigrant labor force that was brought in to work on the plantations. I was surprised to find out that the culture is predominately Japanese based, for they were the dominant labor force that arrived during the 1800's.
As we begin our semester project, I believe an understanding of what we are tasked to design is essential. According to the National Food Hub Organization, a food hub is " a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers in order to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand." In this sense, having a food hub can integral for a self sustaining community, where both the farmers and the community could work together to support each other. In turn, this can possibly stimulate local economy and create a sustainable system that can continue to work efficiently. Education would benefit as well, since now the community is actively involved in the food process, which could help fix the huge generation gap farmers have today.